Homemade Beeswax Wraps

Have you heard of Beewax or Bee’s Wrap? It basically replaces and uses for plastic wrap in your home. I fell in love with this idea as every little bit helps save our planet. Plus, if you didn’t know, beeswax has antibacterial properties helping keep things clean and reducing risks of contamination. Perfect for food!

I looked into making the investment to purchase them, but then heard how I could easily make them at home. I looked and I actually had everything to make these on hand! So, that did it. I decided to give it a try and add Tea Tree Essential Oil for some extra support keeping things clean. Here is the buzz.

The first batch. I learned after this picture to wash the fabric, first. See all my tips and learn from my mistakes, below. Also, totally unrelated, but this really makes me want to line the inside of our cupboards with a fun vintage print! Maybe a winter project.

Things I Learned:

  • Thinner material made of 100% cotton was best for clinging and was easier to brush on the wax. I used 100% organic cotton as I had it on hand from another project. If you don’t want to spend your money on organic cotton and decide to recycle an old 100% cotton shirt you no longer wear, make sure you wash the material first without toxic laundry soap, like Thieves Laundry Soap.
  • When you melt your wax, you want to do it in a container that you can reuse for wax. For example, make a double boiler our of a pan, water and a mason jar. Don’t use your best pan for melting wax in. It is a pain to clean up. This is why I melt it in a mason jar or an old Pyrex glass measuring cup. I prefer the mason jar as if I have extra, I can keep it to reheat for refreshing the wraps later.
  • Before you start, grab some clothes pins and a string. You can see how I made a little clothesline in my kitchen with my cupboard door handles.
  • If you want them to be stickier, add pine resin to the ingredients below. I didn’t use the pine resin, but I could see how I would need to IF I wanted to make resealable baggies or sorts. It helps with the “stick” so it can wrap more items without a rubber band.
  • I added too much beeswax to a few of my wraps. It is easier to go lighter and add more than it is to remove excess wax. I had to fold mine after I coated half.
  • You’ll need to refresh the wraps every 6 to 12 months depending on how much you use them. To refresh them, simply pop them back in the oven, remove, and brush a light coat of the melted wax and oil mixture evenly over the cloth.
  • Beeswax wraps aren’t as air tight as plastic wrap, so you can use a rubber band or string to make the wrap have a stronger seal. I found this to be helpful on my mixing bowls. 
  • Wash in cool water with a mild soap, like Thieves or Castile soap and air dry. Store in a drawer away from sunlight and heat sources.
  • The first time I made these, I sprinkled the pellets on half and folded the fabric over. I added 3 drops of Tea Tree Oil as soon as they came out, then unfolded and brushed. I didn’t use coconut oil and they came out pretty stiff. This was easier, less mess, but they do require a rubber band to hold it on my mixing bowl.
The organic fabric choices I had on hand from my Kombucha tops and other projects. If you have been to my home for a class, those chickens should look familiar.

What You’ll Need:

  • Measuring Cup
  • Mason Jar
  • Organic Beeswax Pellets (I do not like grating wax, so I prefer the pellets.)
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Brush (This will be your dedicated wax brush, forever. It is too difficult to clean.)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • 100% Cotton
  • Pine Resin (Optional)
  • Sauce Pan
  • Organic Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil
  • Wooden Popsicle Stick or Kabob Skewer for stirring
  • String
  • Clothespins

Directions:

  1. Get your clothesline ready.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.
  3. Wash and cut your fabric pieces you want.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Add 2 ounces of beeswax pellets, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil OR jojoba oil to the mason jar.
  6. Place the mason jar in a little water and double boil.
  7. Place the fabric in the oven, just for a few minutes until it is warmed. Watch it. Obviously, don’t leave it unattended.
  8. Pull out baking sheet with a glove. Remember everything is HOT! Work carefully.
  9. Now, add 4 drops of Tea Tree to the melted mixture. Stir. This is optional.
  10. Brush on the fabric. If it starts to dry to much, just pop it in the oven.
  11. Coat it until it is coated. Yep, technical here.
  12. Place in oven for a minute to disperse the mixture evenly.
  13. Remove from oven and look for any dry spots. Brush mixture over these uncovered areas, applying more coating as needed.
  14. If you have too much wax, lay an uncoated fabric piece over and let it soak up the extra wax. Work quickly as the wax will harden fast.
  15. Hang your completed wraps to dry. This is a quick process.
  16. Repeat steps with additional pieces of fabric until you are out of coating mixture. 

How fun, right? When I sew some snack bags, I may have to find some fun fabric for my boys. Maybe black and white plaid! I am into that look lately.

Enjoy,

Dawn

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